General Power of Attorney (PoA)
Use this general power of attorney to delegate authority to someone else to act on your behalf, usually for a short and specified period of time. You may be abroad but need someone to look after your financial and legal affairs at home (for example when buying or selling property), or you might need someone to help with a specific task (such as collecting a pension) or perhaps you would just prefer someone more expert in a certain subject area (such as law) to act on your behalf in a certain matter.
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About this general power of attorney template
This template creates a general power of attorney (also called an ordinary power of attorney or PoA), which allows you to give temporary authority to someone else so that they can make decisions and act on your behalf.
You become the “donor” of the power and the receiver becomes your “attorney”. The actions that your attorney may take on your behalf can be as general or specific as you like and may relate to just one part or the whole of your affairs.
With this template, you have complete flexibility as to whom you nominate for your attorney, the powers that you grant, how they should be used and over what time period. You can also specify any matters over which you don’t want the attorney to have power. For example, you may want your attorney to control all but one bank account while you are abroad.
One of the features of a general power of attorney is that it is created for a defined period of time, not indefinitely. Depending on what you specify in the document, it can either take effect as soon as it is signed or at a point in the future, so you could draft it now for use later.
If you need to cancel the document before its expiry date (called revoking in legal jargon), you can do so using a deed of revocation. It will be revoked automatically if the donor loses mental capacity. The attorney must be notified to make a revocation effective.
You do not have to register this general power of attorney with anyone or any organisation.
When to use this general power of attorney template
You can grant a power of attorney if you are over 18 years of age and have mental capacity. The attorney must also be over 18 years old and not be an undischarged or interim bankrupt.
You can only grant the power of attorney for actions that you already have the right and capacity to carry out yourself. You can’t use it to allow the attorney to make decisions about your welfare.
Here are some examples of common situations in which you would use a general power of attorney:
- you are abroad but need someone to manage your financial and legal affairs at home (such as buying or selling property);
- you want to allow someone to perform a specific task on your behalf on a regular basis (such paying your bills in your name from your bank account each month or collecting a pension), or you want to allow someone with greater knowledge of a subject to act on your behalf (for example allowing an estate agent to negotiate buying a house for you).
Note: This document is not suitable for an elderly person or someone with mental problems. In that situation you do need an enduring power of attorney which you could download freely from Govt site.
Template features and contents
- This template is flexible to suit all situations, whether business or personal
- It can be used by anyone over 18 years old
This document was written by a solicitor for Net Lawman. It complies with current New Zealand law.
How other customers rated this document
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By Rachel Arthur 08 September 2016
By Elizabeth Robertson 04 August 2016
Good service. Sound document. Easy to use. Perhaps some commentary in respect of granting a POA in respect of the donee's role as a trustee of a trust. Cheers
By Trevor Robinson 31 July 2016
The document was required to appoint a POA for a property purchase overseas - ideal for the purpose but removed one clause to keep it simple. Objective accomplished and deal done on Saturday.
By Julie Rippon 05 July 2016
The service was prompt & efficient.
By Stephen Powell 04 July 2016
Easy to find, fitted what I needed and easy to complete.
By Bryce Coad 08 June 2016
It was a simple process to purchase and download this document. The download came with concise instructions on editing, which was a great bonus. Much appreciated, worked well.
By Jane Hurley 14 December 2015
Easy to find, perfect documentation for what we required.
By Bruce Arbuckle 31 August 2015
Get service and a easy to use document
By Elaine Irvine 12 July 2015
Sometimes you just don't think that you can justify all the performance of having a solicitor undertake a basis service (along with the associated cost attached) So imaging how thrilled and easy it is to use Net Lawman. Would highly recommend as pertinent and easy to use.
By Amira Bland 28 March 2015
By Cathy Shumane 04 March 2015
Excellent piece of documentation.
You should prompt your offering better so people don't need to waste money on lawyers for minor cases.
By Brendon Bates 09 September 2014
I purchased the ordinary PoA document which was exactly what was required. I would recommend this document but also suggest that anyone making use of it should confirm (in writing if possible) what additional documents should accompany it. I was dealing primarily with the ANZ bank who proved to be obstructive to the point where I was forced to threaten filing a dispute with the Banking Ombudsman.
By Colin Fraser 28 April 2014
By David Miller 21 April 2016
Easily adapted to our use. Could be more explicit in covering property transactions.
By Debbie Sheehan 03 August 2015
Easy to use, with minimal areas needing to be edited. Document saved easily and was a good price at $12.
By Lorraine Nikera 24 May 2015
it took a bit of looking for the document, but once found it was easily understood,
The attached guidelines were clear.
The document itself was easy to complete.
By Tricia Moir 23 May 2015
It was in plain English and easily understood.
It saved me time in trying physically to to another lawyer.
I would certainly recommend Net Lawman for this type document as with a little thought it is an easy document to fill in.
By David Bottom 23 March 2015
The only real measure of a legal document is when it is upheld in court. If it does then it deserves a 5 star. I chose your document due to it being in plain English, easy to understand and short.
By Todd Foster 13 October 2014
It was fairly brief which was good from my point of view but I know there are much longer ones. I did wonder if something important had been missed.The explanatory material was very good.
Net Lawman responds 06 November 2014
Many solicitors still work on "Why use 100 words when 1000 will do?". We work in plain English.
By John Francis 20 September 2014
I needed a document at short notice. While I had a legal background it was easier to work from a format that I was familiar with rather than start from scratch. Modifying the document was not difficult and in terms of time saved it was a prudent economic decision to download the document. A great service, thank you
By Winifred Bauer 16 July 2014
By Selwyn Old 23 October 2016
This was a Power of Attorney document. The Template was originally sent as a "docx" format which was a read only and I could not open or edit it. I needed a "doc" extension. That was resolved but then it needed considerable editing because I am the Guardian and Property Manger for my Handicapped daughter. I needed to grant PoA to another person but limit this to Health, Welfare and Accommodation. So not only did I need to change the manner of the granting, ie. "I appoint as my Attorney etc"
but then I had to limit it's scope, so I ended up with a document that bore little resemblance to the original. The most benefit came by being able to compare a prepared document to the one i originally drew up for another person. Not much difference. Selwyn Old.
By Debra Tokona 14 November 2013
Waste of money and time. We were told that these forms were not legitimate.We then had to go through a lawyer and get an enduring power of attorney.Very disappointing.Would definitely not recommend anyone download these kind of forms from the internet.
Net Lawman responds 09 December 2013
Sadly, you simply chose the wrong document. The difference between an "enduring power" and an ordinary power is vast. We explain that on the page from which you bought. We have also explained that we do not sell an enduring power document because you can download it free at the government link we gave you. You did not need a lawyer.
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